May 31, 2023

The Transformers are saving the world, this time in the 90s.

After the 2018 movie Bumblebee was set in the 80s, this summer Transformers: Rise of the Beasts takes the robot action into the next decade and brings back fan favorites Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and more Autobots.

This time, however, they meet an “entirely new faction of Transformer – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for Earth.”

The human stars of the latest entry in the blockbuster franchise, directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), are Anthony Ramos and Swarm star Dominique Fishback.

Rise of the Beastscast stars Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, Peter Dinklage, Michaela JaƩ Rodriguez and Ron Perlman as new character Optimus Primal.

Related: Steven Spielberg told Michael Bay to quit after 3 Transformers Movies: ‘Made too much’



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Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently teased the star-studded vocal performances in an interview with Collider, saying that Davidson “crushed the character” of Mirage, and that Perlman and Yeoh are “the two who carry the core of the dialogue, which is why they are the one you’ll know the most about.”

“Everyone always loves the bad guy, and Peter Dinklage is fun as Scourge. But I think there’s always Optimus that people love, and Bumblebee loves, but Mirage is a new character and in this case carries the relationship with man. So it’s giving more talk,” he said.

Bonaventura also shared how Michael Bay, returning as producer, contributed to the film. Bay previously directed five Transformers movies, starting with 2007’s Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

“Listen, he got us to the promised land. So we’re always thankful for that. Michael comes in and helps us with certain aspects of this, [and it] It’s very helpful to have his eye because he has an intrinsic understanding of this world,” he said.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is in cinemas from June 9.

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